While an internship in China is a great way to get your foot in the door, there’s no guarantee of a job offer afterward, no matter how hard you work. That’s why at Getin2China, we organize plenty of networking events to help you meet people and expand your professional circle. We encourage you to get out and meet people face-to-face to build those connections.
Virtual connecting should be a bridge to taking relationships offline, not take the place of them. We suggest less text and tech talking and more face-to-face. Here are some benefits you can reap by face-to-face networking:
Develop Your Interpersonal Skill Sets
This is also referred to as people skills or communication skills. They include listening, having an interactive conversation, learning how to relate personally. You just can’t get better at that with a smart phone.
Practice And Learn The Art Of Chit Chat
Engage in small talk about things you enjoy and like that can have commonality with others. Your ability to chitchat allows someone to gain greater insight into you.
As an intern abroad, for example, chitchat comes easy when meeting other expatriates because you both have something in common: living overseas. Talking about that commonality is a great way to begin a relationship and network.
Realize The Power Of Eye Contact, Humor, And Authenticity
…in personal versus virtual connecting. There is nothing like real-time live energy of being with people. It is the only way to get a true sense of someone’s vibe, spirit, and personality.
Know The Power Of A First Impression
Face-to-face contact gives you the ability to make a more lasting and memorable impression because of the way someone makes you feel, and how you make them feel.